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Men's Wearhouse promotes Bruce Thorn to COO
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:07:00 GMT


Formal clothing specialist Men's Wearhouse has appointed supply chain executive Bruce Thorn as its chief operating officer.
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Kraig Biocraft creates strongest spider silk fibre
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:32:00 GMT


Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has developed an advanced spider silk based fibre that it says is its strongest and most flexible technology so far.
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Conference to address future prospects for fibres
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:03:00 GMT


The impact of sustainability challenges, global health issues, and lifestyle and demographic changes on demand for raw materials, fibres and textiles as well as the location of supply chains, will be addressed at a conference in Italy later this year.
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Adidas must up its game in Europe to close gap on Nike
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:53:00 GMT


Adidas will need to up its game if it wants to outpace rival Nike in Western Europe, particularly in the area of social media, analysts have said.
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C&A to add "consistently accurate fit" label to garments
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:48:00 GMT


Retailer C&A is to highlight the improved and consistent fit of garments across its size range with special labels on its latest ladies' wear and denim ranges.
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Kraig develops fibre stronger than spider silk
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:32:00 GMT


?Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has developed a silk that it says is its strongest and most flexible recombinant spider silk technology.
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Adidas needs to close gap on Nike in Western Europe
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:53:00 GMT


Adidas will need to up its game if it wants to outpace rival Nike in Western Europe, particularly in the area of social media, analysts have said.
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M&S prepares to launch supply chain human rights policy
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:59:00 GMT


UK retail group Marks & Spencer is preparing to launch a supply chain human rights policy as it looks to further improve compliance in the development of international labour practices and management systems.
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VF pushes ahead on chemical management
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:40:00 GMT


A chemical management programme developed by apparel giant VF Corp to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from its supply chain has been rolled out to eight countries - with work now underway to extend the initiative industry-wide.
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Pyrenex to streamline systems with PLM
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:50:00 GMT


French apparel manufacturer Pyrenex has chosen to integrate Gerber Technology's YuniquePLM software into its ERP solution to improve communication and collaboration between its global creative and production teams.
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Archroma closes BASF textile chemicals takeover
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:23:00 GMT


Specialty chemicals company Archroma has completed its acquisition of BASF's global textile chemicals business, which it says will help businesses prosper as the industry undergoes "transformational change".
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Men's Wearhouse appoints Bruce COO
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:07:00 GMT


Formal clothing specialist Men's Wearhouse has appointed supply chain executive Bruce Thorn as its chief operating officer.
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Phil Knight to step down as Nike chairman
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:36:00 GMT


Nike co-founder Phil Knight is to step down as the iconic sports brand's chairman next year, and has recommended that current Nike chief executive, Mark Parker, succeeds him in the role.
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M&S prepares to launch supply chain human rights policy
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:59:00 GMT


UK retail group Marks & Spencer is preparing to launch a supply chain human rights policy as it looks to further improve compliance in the development of international labour practices and management systems.
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Made-By to kick-off US sustainability masterclasses
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:19:00 GMT


European not-for-profit sustainability consultancy Made-by is kicking off a new series of seminars for US-based brands and retailers aimed at providing solutions to implementing sustainability actions.
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Adidas unveils advanced Dorado skateboard shoe
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:35:00 GMT


Adidas has developed a skateboard shoe that the German sportswear giant says is its most innovative to date for the brand.
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UK consumer confidence soars in June
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:15:00 GMT


Confidence among UK consumers soared in June, jumping six points to levels not seen since the late nineties or early days of the noughties.
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Donna Karan steps down as chief designer
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:39:00 GMT


Donna Karan is to step down as chief designer of her founding company Donna Karan International after 31 years.
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Puma sells Tretorn to Authentic Brands
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:28:00 GMT


Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has made its second acquisition this month with the purchase of Swedish luxury outdoor lifestyle brand Tretorn from Puma.
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M&S prepares supply chain human rights policy launch
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:59:00 GMT


UK retail group Marks & Spencer is preparing to launch a supply chain human rights policy as it looks to further improve compliance in the development of international labour practices and management systems.
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China cotton stockpile auction may shake up market
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:48:00 GMT


China is to start to sell down its massive cotton stockpile from early July through August, in a move likely to shake up the market, it emerged today (30 June).
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New Look takeover completes
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 GMT


South African investment firm Brait has completed its takeover of UK value fashion retailer New Look, and named its CEO John Gnodde as non-executive chairman.
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US retail landscape "mediocre at best" over next 5 years
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:17:00 GMT


Consolidation and store rationalisation are likely to become more prevalent over the next five years as the US apparel retail industry enters a new multi-year, post-maturity industry lifecycle phase.
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"World's lightest and finest" fabric launching in US
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:19:00 GMT


What is claimed to be the finest and lightest clothing fabric in the world is now available in the North America.
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Teijin develops new fabric for sportswear
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:00:00 GMT


Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a new functional polyester material with a pile structure similar to toweling, for use in sportswear, underwear and uniforms.
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Mind the Gap: Can the brand reclaim its iconic status?
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:08:00 GMT


The latest string of financial reports paint a very dull picture for the mid-market fashion industry in the US, writes Bernadette Kissane, apparel and footwear analyst at Euromonitor International. In particular, she asks, can the all-American Gap brand reclaim its iconic status?
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Over 8,000 children working in Delhi garment industry
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:07:00 GMT


More than 8,000 children are likely to be engaged in garment-related labour in India's national capital Delhi, according to a recent report, of which the vast majority (up to 70%) could be girls.
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Mondetta to improve efficiency with PLM solution
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:02:00 GMT


Canadian casual and sportswear business Mondetta has selected BlueCherry PLM to help improve product lifecyle efficiency and keep pace with the changing manufacturing landscape.
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South Africa footwear sector settles wage talks
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:54:00 GMT


Workers in South Africa's footwear sector are to get a 7.5% rise in wages for the next year, it has been revealed.
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Made-By to kick-off sustainability solutions event
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:19:00 GMT


European not-for-profit organisation sustainability consultancy Made-by is kicking off a new series of seminars for US-based brands and retailers aimed at providing solutions to implementing sustainability actions.
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KappAhl "discharges" CEO Åberg
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:36:00 GMT


Swedish fashion chain KappAhl has "discharged" its CEO Johan Åberg with immediate effect and appointed CFO Anders Düring into the role on an interim basis.
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Authentic Brands acquires outdoor brand Tretorn
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:28:00 GMT


Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has made its second acquisition this month with the purchase of Swedish luxury outdoor lifestyle brand Tretorn from Puma.
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Adidas develops shoe from recycled ocean waste
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:00:00 GMT


Adidas has developed what it claims is the world's first shoe upper made entirely from yarns and filaments reclaimed from ocean waste as part of a collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans.
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Guatemala joins EFTA-Central America FTA
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:16:00 GMT


Guatemala has become the first country to accede to the EFTA-Central American Free Trade Agreement (FTA), in a move that will further enhance economic ties and promote trade and investment between the country and EFTA states.
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Key pieces of US trade agenda signed into law
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:13:00 GMT


Two important trade measures have been signed into law by President Barack Obama, in a move applauded by US apparel, footwear and textile groups.
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Adidas develops ocean waste recycled shoe
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:00:00 GMT


Adidas has developed what it claims is the world's first shoe upper made entirely from yarns and filaments reclaimed from ocean waste as part of a collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans.
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Far Eastern to invest $323m in Vietnam textiles hub
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:45:00 GMT


?Far Eastern New Century Corp, one of Tawian's leading textile conglomerates, is planning to invest TWD10bn (US$323m) to set up an integrated production site for yarn, fabrics, dyeing and apparel in Vietnam.
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Myanmar minimum wage set at US$3.2 per day
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:26:00 GMT


The first national minimum wage for garment factory workers in Myanmar has been set at MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day.
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Hugo Boss brand officer to speak at IAF Convention
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:11:00 GMT


Hugo Boss chief brand officer, Christoph Auhagen, is to deliver the key note presentation at the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) 31st World Fashion Convention later this year.
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Flokser launches bio-based synthetic leather
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:21:00 GMT


A new synthetic leather fabric that uses biobased materials as its building blocks and combines performance with sustainability has been launched by Turkish leather, suede and textiles producer Flokser Group.
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Sustainable cashmere yarn joins Re.Verso range
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:58:00 GMT


The line-up of fully traceable eco-friendly re-engineered yarns produced through the Re.Verso textile platform has been expanded to include re-engineered cashmere.
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Jeanologia debuts sustainability finish software
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:48:00 GMT


Sustainable technology firm Jeanologia has launched a software designed to help brands and garment finishers minimise their sustainability footprint.
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Bangladesh Accord "concerned" at delays in remediation
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:37:00 GMT


One of the groups working to improve building and worker safety in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has said it is "concerned" with delays in remediation at many of the factories that it has inspected.
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IN THE MONEY: Nike reaffirms US production commitment
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:15:00 GMT


Sporting giant Nike has reaffirmed its commitment to scaling up its advanced domestic manufacturing operations following the clearance of a number of key pieces of US trade legislation last week.
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Aligning tech fostering improved supplier collaboration
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:02:00 GMT


Synchronising technology and process between brands and manufacturers can ensure a long-term, sustainable relationship that is more efficient and profitable for both, Lectra informed H&M suppliers in Bangladesh.
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INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:42:00 GMT


"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, he believes, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.
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Pentland FY boosted by international growth
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:24:00 GMT


?Pentland Brands, owner of the Berghaus, Speedo and Ellesse labels, said it had a strong year thanks to continued international growth, and despite operating in a challenging retail environment.
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UPDATE: AGOA and Haiti trade renewal to be signed into law
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:34:00 GMT


A package of measures that includes renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and extension of the Haiti HELP/HOPE programme is due to be signed into law today (26 June).
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Software maximises leather cutting throughput
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:00 GMT


Gerber Technology has said enhancements to its Taurus II leather cutter and CutWorks 9 software could result in up to 12% increased hide cutting throughput for manufacturers.
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Lululemon names Almeida digital EVP
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:07:00 GMT


Lululemon Athletica has appointed Miguel Almeida as executive vice president of digital, as the Canadian yoga wear business looks to "amplify the power" of the brand.
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Sandals lead sales growth at independent retailers
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:45:00 GMT


Sandals are continuing to lead sales growth for independent footwear retailers in the US, new research suggests, as consumers continue to focus on casual and comfortable fashions.
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Probe identifies violations at Hermes tanneries
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:58:00 GMT


Hermès is being urged by animal rights activists to stop manufacturing and selling exotic-skin products after an investigation is said to have exposed violations at the French luxury group's tanneries.
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Biomimicry inspires eco-friendly performance apparel
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:48:00 GMT


Designers of performance apparel are looking to nature for inspiration when developing their ranges - a process, known as "biomimicry."
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IN THE MONEY: H&M faces margin pressure on dollar impact
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:13:00 GMT


H&M Hennes & Mauritz will likely suffer gross margin pressure in the near-term, analysts believe, as the negative impact from the strong US dollar is compounded by increased purchasing costs and increasing wages.
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INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:42:00 GMT


"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, he believes, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.
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US Q1 in brief: Finish Line, Cherokee, Destination Maternity
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT


First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.
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Under Armour unveils newest retail presence
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:33:00 GMT


Under Armour has unveiled its newest retail presence after teaming up with one of the largest mall-based specialty athletic footwear and apparel retailers in the US to launch a premium store-within-a-store concept.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:35:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential for new technologies to shape a sustainable fashion future, Li & Fung teaming up with two Chinese retailers to develop their own private label clothing brands, and Gap and H&M showing support for new labour law reforms in Myanmar.
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Tesco Q1 sales beat expectations
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:26:00 GMT


UK retail giant Tesco has booked a decline in first-quarter sales that was less than it had predicted and that beat analyst expectations.
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Brands taking "cream of profit" from suppliers
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:22:00 GMT


Garment manufacturers are becoming marginalised due to US brands and retailers taking the major share of the profit, two US university professors have opined.
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WRAP sets out 5-year plan to cut clothing waste
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:38:00 GMT


Clothing and textiles is one of the priority areas being targeted in a new five-year plan to encourage businesses to reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in a more efficient way.
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Nike shares up on strong Q4 and future orders
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:20:00 GMT


Sporting giant Nike saw its shares climb in late trading yesterday (25 June) as it upped its full-year sales forecast, revealed fourth-quarter earnings that beat estimates, and an increase in growth of "futures orders".
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New conductive ink for electronic apparel
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:46:00 GMT


Researchers in Japan have developed a new highly-conductive ink that can be printed onto textiles in a single step and opens up new opportunities for electronic apparel such as sportswear and underwear.
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UPDATE: Fast Retailing supplier continues strike talks
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:40:00 GMT


Hong Kong garment manufacturer Lever Style says it has so far failed to negotiate an agreement with striking workers at its factory in Shenzhen, which is a supplier to Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain.
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Supply chain industry enjoys stellar 2014
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:07:00 GMT


The supply chain industry experienced its best year since the Great Recession in 2014, according to new research.
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UK clothing sales growth slows in June
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:23:00 GMT


Sales volumes at UK clothing retailers continued to grow in the year to June, albeit at a slower pace than expected, new figures show.
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Adidas eyes "significant" running category gains
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:32:00 GMT


German sportswear giant Adidas has said it is targeting "significant" market share gains in the running category as part of a plan to accelerate growth over the next five years.
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UPDATE: Hugo Boss in talks over supplier labour claims
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:55:00 GMT


German fashion house Hugo Boss has said it is "in direct, close contact" with Peruvian textile supplier Topy Top over allegations of worker rights violations and "union busting".
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Promotional changes dilute Debenhams Q3 sales
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:47:00 GMT


UK department store retailer Debenhams has said it is on track to meet full year market expectations, despite posting flat sales for the third-quarter.
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H&M warns of "negative" impact from dollar
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:24:00 GMT


H&M Hennes & Mauritz saw earnings and sales climb in its first-half but warned of a "very negative" impact from higher purchasing costs due to the strengthening of the US dollar for the remainder of the year.
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Steven Rendle promoted to new COO role at VF Corp
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:27:00 GMT


Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation has named Steven Rendle to the new position of president and chief operating officer, in a move designed to help fuel growth of the company behind The North Face, Vans, Timberland and Wrangler brands.
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Denim show Kingpins New York to shift dates
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:47:00 GMT


Denim sourcing show Kingpins is to shift the scheduling of its New York edition from January and July to November and May.
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Talks progressing on Myanmar minimum wage
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:49:00 GMT


Long-delayed details on a proposed minimum wage for garment factory workers in Myanmar should be released by the end of this month, just-style has been told.
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AGOA and Haiti trade extensions win Senate approval
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:34:00 GMT


A package of measures that includes renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and extension of the Haiti HELP/HOPE programme has been passed by the Senate.
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Charney defends position on American Apparel probe
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:39:00 GMT


The lawyer of Dov Charney, the former CEO of American Apparel, has said allegations the founder used ethnic slurs against workers and kept videos on a company server of himself in sex acts with employees are false.
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